Friday Favorites Returns.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed Friday Favorites.

Today seems like the perfect day to bring it back–it’s rainy and cold after several days of warm sun. I need something to cheer me up.

No matter how hard I try, my 12-year-old self keeps returning (especially in warm weather).

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Yesterday, I soaked up the sun by playing a game of Ultimate Frisbee with people [MUCH] younger than me. I didn’t know I had it in me, but I actually caught a few passes and made a few scores.

Today, I’m getting ready to take photos of a friend of mine’s art exhibit at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. If you’re in town, stop by and see the lovely Rebecca Hawkinson and her work from 5:30-7pm. I’m really excited (and slightly nervous) to support her in this way.

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It’s a busy weekend: tomorrow my only daughter turns 11. ELEVEN! How does that happen? We’re having a roller  skating party to celebrate her TWEEN-ness. I WILL NOT be skating. I learned the hard way a few months ago, that NO, it’s not like riding a bike. Even though you could do it when you were 13, does NOT mean you can do it in your late 30s. So sorry, Tailbone.

Abby just 3 years ago

Abby just 3 years ago


Abby NOW!

I repeat: How does this happen?!

Okay, so on to my favorites from the week (after quite a rabbit  trail):

What I’m Reading: Well, actually, nothing right now, except our family is listening to the audio version of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. It’s a kid-friendly murder mystery that won the Newberry Medal in 1979.  It’s supposed to be fantastic. Conspiracy theories are emerging in the Davis household… But mainly, I haven’t been reading a novel because I’ve been sucked into the Netflix vortex of old TV shows. Keeping up the Duane and Julie pattern of NEVER watching TV when the show is actually on TV, we’re now watching Gilmore Girls. I love it. It’s my happy place. And now, Rory is with Jess, and I couldn’t be happier. (What is wrong with me?)

On a more serious note, I’ve enjoyed several articles this week on some pretty serious issues, including this one about the beloved Kara Tippets by Ann VosKamp. Kara has indeed taught us how to die well.

My friend, Mindy Belz, also wrote a beautiful reflection about Kara’s life a few days before she died. Please read it, if you haven’t already.

Other articles I’ve been chewing on: Understanding your Story: An Interview with Dan Allender by All Sons Magazine

Here’s an excerpt: “Our story is meant to reveal the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. It is our suffering and struggle with sin and injustice that reveals what Jesus endured for our salvation. It is the rescue of God—the surprising, life-giving wonder and awe of his goodness—that proclaims the glory of the resurrection. And it is our use of the gifts that he has given us to reveal his glory that shouts the blessing of his ascension. If we refuse to suffer—and grieve the depths or our suffering—then we lose power to reveal his death andresurrection. If we don’t name and bless the remarkable gifts he has given us, we cannot celebrate the stories he has written in us to reveal his story. ” Holy Moly. Thank you, Dan.

And finally, When Balance Becomes a Weapon (Women, You Can Have it All!)

This is an identity crisis: we are trying to give everything and be everything and have everything. All the while, grace whispers from the wings to cancel the show, because “everything” has a name and it is not ours.”

Yes, this “everything” ‘s Name is Jesus. Let me boast in that “everything” and not my feeble attempts to be everything. Fighting to tune my ear to the whisper of his grace in my heart. I am so thankful that He is NOT like us.    

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Happy Friday.

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  • Kelly

    Oh, Abby is beautiful! What a lovely, grown-up girl. Have a great time celebrating her life this weekend!

    • Julie Davis

      Thanks, Kel! Want to talk soon and hear about your big move. Love to your fam.